Author: Shay Savage
Publication Date: 5/19/2013
As the captain of a schooner catering to the elite on the Caribbean Seas, Sebastian Stark does his best to avoid any human encounters. Interacting with people isn’t his thing, and he prefers the company of a bottle of vodka, a shot glass, and maybe a whore. There’s no doubt he’s hiding from a checkered past, but he does well keeping everything to himself…
…until the night his schooner capsizes, and he’s stuck on a life raft with one of the passengers.
Raine’s young, she’s cute, and Bastian would probably be into her if he wasn’t suffering from alcohol withdrawal. As the days pass, DTs, starvation, and dehydration become the norm. Even the most closed person starts to open up when he thinks he’s going to die, but when she realizes their traumatic pasts are connected, it’s no longer the elements that have Bastian concerned.
He has no idea how he’s going to Survive Raine.
Man. Bastian is an arrogant asshole.
Good lord was it hard to listen to him. It was non stop bitching/whining on his part, I have no idea how Raine saw past it. Really, I have no idea since Surviving Raine is told solely from Sebastian’s POV. I really don’t like male only POVs, I usually end up missing the female emotions and as a result, have a hard time connecting. Luckily though, even with Sebastian’s personality flaws and Raine’s lack of voice I found myself submerged in the story.
I love survival stories, especially when it involves an uninhabited island. I know I would never survive in a situation like what Raine and Bastian find themselves in but I can’t help thinking how nice it might be to have my own private island.
There is a lot that goes on in Surviving Raine but none of it feels forced or rushed, instead it moves along at a decent pace with enough interaction to keep things enjoyable.
There are a few things left unanswered which makes for a nice lead into Bastian’s Storm, the second book in the series. I wonder how Bastian will do in the real world and if he and Raine will survive the pressure of his wounded ego.